You remember Totino’s® Pizza Rolls. Right?
How many times as kids did you burn your tongue biting into one of those pockets of saucy goodness that had just come out of the oven? As the steaming sauce spurted out of the not-too-well-sealed seams, staining and scalding everything in its path, Mom would say “I told you they were hot! Maybe next time you’ll listen!”
But, we never did.
My husband, Tim, and I might not have any kids yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t act like big kids. And, let me tell you, Tim LOVES pizza rolls. I can still remember walking into his apartment in college and seeing the four roommates gathered around their tiny oven, waiting impatiently for the pizza rolls to cool to a semi-reasonable temperature. And once someone deemed them cool enough to bite into, watch yourself. They were all gone faster than you could blink!
Just because we’re not eating pre-packaged junk that poses as food anymore, doesn’t make those nostalgic comfort foods any less fun. And you have to admit, there’s something super appealing about all that pizza goodness packed into one little, innocent bite.
They really are the perfect food for a party, after school snack, or movie night.
So we decided that there had to be a way to recreate the classic pizza rolls from scratch. And we didn’t want to deep fry them.
Healthier, homemade pizza rolls. Now that sounded like a major win!
Let’s Make Some Pizza Rolls!
The egg roll wrappers that we use for our egg rolls and crab rangoon are a perfect, thin, and eggy dough that bakes up soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. You can use store bought egg roll wrappers for the pizza rolls too, they’ll just be a bit thinner and more crisp. But, why not try making your own?
Egg roll (or wonton) wrappers are made from an incredibly simple dough. Honestly, the most difficult part about making the wrappers is rolling them SUPER thin. But, with a little patience and some elbow grease, you’ll be rolling wrappers like a pro. If you think you’d like to try your hand at making your own wrappers, you can find our wonton wrapper tutorial here!
We start our pizza rolls off with a basic, thick pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese filling. But, once you have the basics down, these rolls get even more fun, because you can customize them with whatever fillings your family likes best. (Just be sure to keep your filling batches separate, unless your family likes to play a guessing game while they’re eating!)
Pizza Rolls: A Delicious and Healthy Recipe
Prep time: 2 hours | Bake time: 10 minutes | Recipe yield: 40 pizza rolls
- 1 recipe wonton/egg roll wrappers (or 5 large egg roll wrappers)
- ½ cup thick pizza sauce (learn to make your own pizza sauce)
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or cheese of your choice)
- other toppings as desired: chopped pepperoni, cooked sausage, green or red peppers, onions, mushrooms, black olives, etc.
Assembling the pizza rolls
- If making your own dough: Make the dough according to the recipe instructions, and set it aside to rest while you prepare your filling ingredients. After the dough has rested, roll it out into at 16″ x 10″ rectangle. Cut the dough into 2″ squares. (If you are using store-bought wonton wrappers, you will need to cut the wrappers into roughly 2″ squares.)
- Place ½ teaspoon of thick pizza sauce slightly off center on each square. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of additional fillings over the sauce. (Don’t overdo the fillings. Remember that these rolls are pretty small, and you want to make sure you have room to get a good seal around the edges.)
- To roll, start with one square, and brush the edges with a little water – this will cause the wrapper to stick to itself. Fold the wrapper in half over the filling, pressing the full edge tightly to seal the dough. Then, roll the pocket so that seam is on the bottom. This way, we can seal the sides and have a nice, smooth top, just like the store bought kind. Finally, tuck the sides under, and place the finished pocket on a greased baking sheet. Continue with the remaining dough, until all are rolled.
Bake now or save for later
Once all your pockets have been shaped, you can bake them immediately in a 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes. If you would like them a little more golden, after 10 minutes, turn your oven’s broiler on high for 2-3 minutes, watching them carefully and removing them as they start to turn golden brown.
These pizza rolls can also be frozen and stored for later. Instead of putting your shaped rolls into the oven, place them in a single layer on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. They can be close together, but not touching. Then put the baking sheet of pizza rolls into your freezer until the rolls are solid, 30-45 minutes. Once the rolls are solid, all the rolls can go into an airtight container to be stored in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
To cook from frozen, simply place the frozen pizza rolls onto a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated, 375°F oven for 8-10 minutes, the same as you would if they were fresh.
What toppings would your family crave in their pizza rolls? Is this a recipe you’ll try?